August 18: Charles Munch conducts Beethoven Symphony No. 9
Charles Munch, conductor Adele Addison, soprano Florence Kopleff, contralto John McCollum, tenor Donald Gramm, baritone Festival Chorus, Alfred Nash Patterson, conductor and University of Montreal Chorus, Fernand Graton, conductor
BEETHOVEN Symphony No. 9
Recorded Aug 26, 1962
Available on demand August 18-September 30
French conductor Charles Munch leads his final BSO performance in his role as the orchestra's music director on August 26, 1962, conducting Ludwig van Beethoven's triumphant, life-affirming Symphony No. 9, Ode to Joy. The outstanding soprano Adele Addison headlines the quartet of vocal soloists with whom Munch worked frequently throughout his BSO tenure. This celebratory performance transcends its occasion as a culminating event of Munch's transformative 13-year tenure at the head of the orchestra.
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